Garage Project Venusian Pale Ale (NZ)

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It’s always exciting and fascinating when The Garage Project releases new stuff, you never really know what their next “brewing arc” will be. But you are assured three things: 1) Impressive and beautiful label art 2) A brilliant and thought out story to the brews and 3) The most delicious, offbeat and interesting beer you may ever have… Their new “arc” is all about slipping the surly bonds of earth and mining Venus. Who saw that coming?? Anyway, let us sample this pale ale: Venusian Pale Ale.

Style: Pale Ale

ABV: 7.3%

IBU: N/A

Pour:

Pours a classic pale ale colour of bright orange with shades of yellow and fine white head.

On The Nose:

The nose is a juicy, floral fruit bomb to the nostrils. Getting tonnes of fresh apricot, zesty grapefruit pith, baked lime cheesecake and a tinge of spicy lemon grass. Some fantastic sticky raspberry jelly notes, honeysuckle, black currant and passionfruit reduction. Getting some sweet malt, dry cereal and sweet honey.

Palate:

A fantastic balance of fruit sweetness with juicy, mouth watering apricot, black berries, fresh raspberries, melon, fresh orange, candied lime zest and passionfruit. Cracking citrus rind bitterness and dryness of fresh lime zest and grapefruit finishing in a very tasty malt backbone: biscuit, cereal and light cedar notes. The mouthfeel just hits everywhere on the palate; full and action packed. Hits it out of the park. Getting plenty of sweet spices too: nutmeg, juniper, clove and star anise.

Final Thoughts:

When The Garage Project puts out a pale ale, you better believe it aint gonna be a simple, straight pale ale… This is a pale ale on freakin steroids! I cannot believe this thing is 7.3% either, it is just fantastically accentuated in every way and everything you could ever want in a pale ale. The addition of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf and grapefruit peel is a stroke of genius and magnifies this brew out of this world. Garage Project, can you do no wrong?

Squealer Sunday!! presents Doctors Orders Prescription12

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I’m a little obsessed with these guys at the moment. Unfortunately I have not seen a great deal in bottle but luckily Tru Bru always has a healthy stock of their various brews. Ever since I had their Plasma White IPA and discovered just how interestingly out of left field their brewing style is, I could not help but want to try the whole range. Now comes Prescription12, a mish mash of styles that in your head you think will come together harmoniously but you can only tell once you have sampled…

Style: Belgian Black IPA

ABV: 7.6%

IBU: N/A

$$: $13

Pour:

Pours a pretty jet black sheen with deep brown tinges in the corners. Generous, fluffy off white head.

On The Nose:

Some serious layers going on with its rather intricate style. First off the cap is some fantastic toasty notes and the Belgian yeasts: banana, bubblegum and sweet spices. Once you overcome the toast characters you will find some juicy black berry, black currant, bramble and sweet red fruits with juicy, zesty orange; fantastic sweetness.  Getting hints of cherry ripe too with light tobacco notes.

Palate:

The palate is crazily intricate, layered and complex. The mouthfeel is full and rich with fantastic lingering bitterness that just keeps going, just stunning! I didn’t want it to end… Getting lots of fruit sweetness with plenty of stewed black fruits, fresh raspberries, dried cranberries and candied orange zest. Lots of juicy peach, pineapple and ripe, juicy mango. Finishing in lots of dry, dark cocoa, roasted pecan and hazelnut, toasty cedar and delicate resin.

Final Thoughts:

This beer possesses every aspect of its rather interesting style. The nose has plenty of interesting Belgian yeast notes, sticky fruit characters and roast notes. Palate is a similar story of juicy, zesty orange, red fruits and black currants finishing in dry cocoa and light, leafy tobacco. Doctors Orders are truly genius, my obsession continues…

La Sirene Wild Saison

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There is a certain amount of mystique surrounding La Sirene at the moment. After taking out the top spot this year at GABS, taking out the Peoples Choice Award with Praline, they have been on the up and up ever since. I suppose the thing thats making them really stand out at the moment is their fantastic French/ Belgian style brewing, wild yeasts, sours and Saisons. No one in Australia is really doing this kind of brewing exclusively and that just excites me and makes me want more and more of these guys. Bring on the Belgian I say…

Style: Wild Saison

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: N/A

$$: $10

Pour:

Pours a bright yet hazy lemon orange with generous white fluffy head.

On The Nose:

The nose is serious zesty funk with funky malic flint notes, sweet candy apple, stewed peach and apricot, fresh mango and sweet, sticky melon. ¬†Finding lots of poached pears, baked red plums and sweet red fruits with dried prune and baked citrus. Lingering sweet spices of nutmeg, cloves and candied ginger too. Just brilliant: amazing florals, incredible aromatics and fantastically zesty. Unlike anything i’ve ever smelled.

Palate:

The palate is brilliantly sour and refreshing. Getting lots of grapefruit juice, orange zest and lime along with fresh juicy peach, apricot and mouth watering mango with drying malic acid and pear. Getting some interesting oaky notes too: fresh butter, toast, pastry and vanilla with some classic farmhouse- y cereal, forest floor and lees notes. Sweet cinnamon, ginger and cloves too with great puckering, mouth watering mouthfeel.

Final Thoughts:

The beer is very much what the name suggests: wild. Brilliantly balanced with fantastic florals, juicy stone fruits, baked citrus and luscious tropical fruits with lovely drying cereal, flint and apple/ pear malic acid notes. To me, La Sirene could very easily sit amongst the great sour/ farmhouse producers in the world, going toe to toe with the likes of Rodenbach and Saison Dupont. Keep an eye out because these guys are going all the way to the top.

Brewery In Headlights: Boat Rocker Hop Bomb IPA

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Style: IPA

ABV: 6.5%

IBU: 60

$$: $6

Pour:

Pours a bright coppery orange with fine, slightly off white head.

On The Nose:

All things orange!! lots of fresh squeezed juice, candied orange zest and orange sherbet. Getting lots of grapefruit pith too, stewed apricot, lychee and zesty pineapple. Lots of floral, freshly crushed pine in the background with fine resin character.

Palate:

Classic West Coast IPA notes: Packed with juicy citrus, lots of zesty pineapple and passionfruit with hints of sweet apricot and peach. The bitterness is outstanding and coats the mouth with chewy resin and sticky pine needles, bitterness is lingering with sticky sap and tropical fruits.

Final Thoughts:

This is a brilliant and accessible West Coast IPA for those trying to get in to the IPA style. Juicy and candied orange grapefruit pith and subtle apricot sweetness with fantastic bitterness in the form of crushed pine needles and sappy resin. This brew is just as the label suggests: a hop bomb of epic proportions. I couldn’t help but think of Major Kong riding the nuclear bomb in Dr Strangelove. Awesome.

Squealer Sunday!! presents Doctors Orders Plasma White IPA

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Ever since GABS I’ve been dying to get my hands on Sydney produced Doctors Orders. Their Electrolyte Forte, an Imperial Gose, was an absolute highlight for me for the entire festival. I was hooked from the first sip, sitting at 7.5% it was extremely sessionable and very fruit driven: packed with blue berries, strawberries and great refreshing sour finish. When I saw this on the Tru Bru list i thought, “Finally! I can finally have some Doctors Orders!” The doctor is in people, and he is good.

Style: White IPA

ABV: 7.6%

IBU: N/A

$$: $18

Pour:

Pours a golden straw lemon colour with fine, white fluffy head.

On The Nose:

Lots of soft, juicy stone fruit straight up with lingering lemon zest in the background. Getting stacks of stewed pineapple, honey suckle and eldarflower too with sweet vinous notes. Also boasts some impressive grapefruit character, candied lime and orange sherbet. Quite the complex array…

Palate:

The palate is crazily fresh, crisp and juicy with lots of grapefruit pulp, candied orange rind and fantastic tropical fruit juice notes. The mouthfeel is fantastic: crisp, great lingering bitters and tantalising acidity which is all about crackingly fresh citrus. Getting smacks of passionfruit, mango, black fruits and green apple. So fresh, so yum.

Final Thoughts:

This is unlike any other IPA I have had the privilege of sampling. There are plenty of bitters there that you would associate with IPA, bit it is balanced fantastically balanced with fruit sweetness. I’m getting no alcohol here, except by the end when it’s too late…. I’ve got a lovely buzz going thanks to the 7.6% alcohol. This is a fantastic IPA and so sessionable, so easy despite the alcohol. Doctors Orders, you are brilliant. If I ever see your stuff down Melbourne way, you have a sale in me…